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    September 18, 2012
    4:25 - 5:00am EDT  

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this morning the calm before the storm. we are under a storm team 4 weather alert right now as severe weather is moving into the area. >> utility companies around the region are already watching the strong storms closely. they are prepare for soaking rains and high winds that could cause trees and power lines to go down and your power to go out. dominion power has crews on stand by from as far away as roanoke to be prepared if needed. >> and large signs posted in several parts of the city warning of severe weather and
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the possibility of standing water. these are in the blooming dale neighborhood, which has already seen damaging rains several times this summer. good morning, i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. one man is behind bars accused of killing a capitol heights woman. prince george's county police arrested michael jerome. investigators say stewart went to mckinley's home and shot two women. investigators say stewart and mckinley used to date, and they got into an argument at a gentlemen's club where she worked. today investigators will try to determine what caused a fire in the district's dupont circle neighborhood. it broke out in the 1800 block of corporate street northwest. the fire started on the third floor of a building belonging to argentina. a firefighter and someone else inside were treated for minor
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injuries. excitement over the national zoo's newest edition is building this morning. take a look. the live view from the panda cam right now. it's also probably the best view we'll have of mama mei xiang and the new cub for several weeks. the panda house is closed to give the new family some peace and quiet and likely will be for a couple of weeks. that's not keeping people from can f flocking to the zoo, the gift shop sales booming. the last time mei xiang had a baby, the zoo saw 1 million more visitors and the spending went up to $250,000. meteorologist tom kierein is here. looking at a weather alert for today. no problems so far. but as you head off to work and school, have an umbrella ready. the pavement is wet from some showers that came through over the metro area about three or four hours ago, so watch out for that. with wet pavement, you know what
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that means. that's fender bender weather. the bulk of the rain is passing well west of washington and northern loudoun county getting a few sprinkles as is northern montgomery county with a few sprinkles of green. it's raining a little harder in western maryland from frostberg and down into western maryland. just some wet pavement, maybe a few isolated sprinkles. the main problem today is going to be a chance of damaging winds, and the whole yellow zone includes all of virginia, all of maryland, eastern part of west virginia, eastern shore, and up the western corridor. could be flight delays later this afternoon. chance of damaging winds from strong storms. maybe a few isolated tornadoes possible between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. right now temperatures around the region are hovering in the upper 60s to right around 70 degrees, and the air has turned a lot more humid. hour by hour throughout the day, clouds through midmorning. just some shower west of the
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metro area. by 6:00 a.m., upper 60s. sunrise 6:03. by noon time, showers moving in, and strong storms and damaging winds possible from 3:00 until early this evening. i'm back in ten minutes with another update and another look at first 4 radar. now first 4 traffic with danella. as you mentioned, slippery roadways means fender benders. if you're traveling northbound i-95 at route 3, have an accident. it is in your shoulder lane. trel lanes are open. i want to urge you to give yourself some extra time. as tom mentioned, you have inclement weather. you're taking the volume very light on the inner loop and outer loop. not seeing any fender benders there. also, as we head over to maryland, taking the beltway in prince george's county as you travel on the outer loop and inner loop on 201. no issues to report in montgomery county or prince george's county, you're clear. usually we see a work zone set up on the outer loop.
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not seeing that in place. again, it's looking like smooth sailing as you make the commute around the beltway. aaron and eun? >> thank you, danella. breaking news out of afghanistan. a suicide attack has killed several people in kabul. a military group said this is retaliation for the anti-islamic movie. angie goff live with the breaking developments. angie? >> good morning, aaron. at least nine people are dead after a suicide bomber rammed a car into a mini bus in the afghan capital of kabul. the scene outside the airport is grisly. the scene so bad it hurled the bus into the air. the bus was believed to be carrying foreign nationals working at the airport. afghan insurgent group hesbah islami claimed credit for the attack, saying it was in response to the anti-islamic film seen in the u.s. a 32-year-old woman carried out the attack, it's said, and if this holds true, it will be the
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first suicide bombing carried out by a woman in afghanistan. this comes just a day after hundreds of protesters threw rocks and overfurnishturned pols in response to that event. hesbah islami, according to reports, is a radical group which shares the taliban's anti-western sentiment. and this morning the fbi is helping police investigate vandalism at a mosque in virginia. vandals defaced the islamic center of the shenandoah valley in harrisburg on friday morning. they found the building spray painted with vulgar images and racial slurs. the council on american foreign relations is calling it a hate crime. it's not clear if the vandalism was directed at muslims. they found graffiti at a high school and a christian school in the area. mitt romney is trying to change the course of his campaign, today with a stop in utah and a new campaign ad. he'll visit salt lake city in
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what is expected to be his last visit to the state before the election. it comes as a new ad tries to improve his relationship with women. >> dear daughter, welcome to america. your share of obama's debt is over $50,000, and it grows every day. obama's policies are making it harder on women. >> the ad also point out how many women are unplayed and living in poverty. the ad also has the romney campaign in damage control. romney's running mate paul ryan is set to spend today and tomorrow campaigning in virginia. ryan will make a couple of spots there. he's scheduled to speak at christopher newport university in newport news. then he'll speak at a manufacturing company in danville. ryan was in virginia last week. he visited harrisonburg and roanoke on friday. and this friday president obama will be in northern virginia. later this morning, you'll be able to get a ticket at the
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president president's campaign rally. tickets will be available at 9:00 a.m. on a first come, first served basis at the stadium. we've posted where you can pick up a ticket on the "news 4 today" facebook page. this morning a shooting in spotsylvania county leaves a mother and son dead and a sister at the hospital. police are trying to figure out the motive. the shooting happened at a home near the chancellorville battlefield. 42-year-old david anderson shot and killed his 75-year-old mother. he also shot his 51-year-old sister laura reeves several times before turning the gun on himself. she is in the hospital in stable condition. neighbors say the family lived on the block for a year or two. one neighbor told news 4 they warned their kids to stay away from the man they called the crazy guy. a figure skating coach accused of sexual abuse is allowed to return home to maryland. this comes after former olympian
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genrik stratenski was released on charges he fondled a 15-year-old student. her family has filed a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit against him. it made quite the impression, but one area teen's over the top homecoming date request could cost his father his job. plus the decision that could put an end to nude photos of kate middleton.
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welcome back. in the day ahead, a french court is expected to decide whether to stop more topless photos of the duchess of cambridge from being published. the photos were taken with a telephotole lens while the dutc and duchess were vacationing at a french hotel. they're stopping gossip magazines from stopping a deeply intimate moment. we're dealing with wet roadways out there already right now, and the expectation is we're going to see some storms later today. >> storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here with your weather alert.
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>> good morning. look at the low dark clouds passing over the washington monument. that's a live view from the hd 4 city camera. storm team 4 showing areas of yellow, areas of moderate t heavy rain way down in southwest virginia and out in west virginia. closer to washington, just a few sprinkles. some of the roadways are wet, just a little light rain. northern loudoun county into frederick county, maryland, and points west, just some light rain. for much of the hour, just going to have light rain. rain west of us by 6:00 a.m., still upper 60s to near 70. and a little greater chance of showers moving in and a chance of severe storms. generally 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., some storms could produce some damaging winds and some brief, very heavy rain. could pick up a quick inch of rain in just maybe a half hour or an hour. and then that severe threat dissipates after 8:00 tonight. here's a look at your storm team 4 evening planner. our sunset at 7:11, and by
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midnight much of the activity will be way east of washington and crossing east of the bay and ending. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend and another look at storm team 4 radar in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic now. good morning. >> good morning. already we're seeing it's fender bender weather. earlier, as mitch mentioned, just that fender bender northbound i-95 at 3. as you continue northbound, another accident that you'll come across just past route 17. that's also luckily in your shoulder lane. it is slippery out. you've got to give yourself extra time. let's head over to 66, checking stuff out there. 66 outside of the beltway, nice and clear in both directions, eastbound and westbound. inside as well, volume still very light and no accidents to report at this time. aaron and eun, back over to you. 4:42. 69 degrees. a school so popular it's bursting at the seams. now the district is using a controversial approach to shrink class sizes.
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today delegates from the chicago teachers union could end the strike. they're expected to vote on the offered contract. mayor rahm emanuel has taken them to court, calling the strike illegal. the city attorney is asking for an injunction to force teachers back to work. >> our goal is to do everything we can possibly to get children back to school. >> the union responded in a news release, saying, "if this was an illegal strike, the chicago public schools would have sought injunctive relief on day one." tomorrow the students could be
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back in the classroom if the union approves the contract. students are back in school today after a bomb threat forced an evacuation at lsu. the bomb threat came at 10:30 but didn't say where the possible bomb was. police and bomb sniffing dogs did not find any explosives. so students were allowed to return to campus late last night. this is the third campus to receive bomb threats in the last week. officials at lsu are talking to texas, north dakota, and ohio, who received similar threats. a man speaking out after he says he was attacked leaving a popular festival over the weekend. he and his friend were jumped by a group of men leaving the "h" street festival on saturday night. in a news 4 exclusive, matt beck said the men followed him and his friends for a few blocks yelling anti-gay slurs. then a car blocked their path, allowing the men to attack the two of them. >> i think that kind of in the adrenaline of everything that's going on, their friends are in
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the car were kind of laughing and shouting things. >> things you would describe as homophobic or anti-gay? >> beck says this is the fourth time in six years something like this has happened to him. he did not file a police report but says he now regrets not doing that. this morning the search continues for a pair of robbers who held up the advanced auto parts store on sunday in takoma park. a man and woman zip tied two employees and a customer and fled the scene with cash. this is surveillance footage that shows the duo taking their masks on and off during the course of the robbery. a local man jailed in cuba on spying charges is awaiting response after cuba offered a possible deal for his release. cuban officials said they may be willing to swap alan gross for the release of the cuban five held in the u.s. on spying charges and considered heroes in cuba. gross has been jailed in cuba since 2009. the u.s. has previously called
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such a deal impossible. now to the u.s. senate race in virginia, closely watched right now. there's a new poll that shows tim kaine has a slot edge over george allen with just six weeks to the election. it shows him leading the republican 55% to 45%. despite differences, the two agree that national budget cuts are bad for virginia and for national security. they face off this thursday. you can watch it right here on nbc 4 at noon. "meet the press" host david gregory will moderate the debate, and northern virginia chief julie carey and i will be on the panel asking questions. it's a referendum question, not a candidate, getting millions of dollars in contributions on this election cycle. nearly $15 million have been spent on ads for and against expanded gambling in maryland. lobbyists spent nearly $1 million a day during the four-day session on the measure.
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if spending continues at this pace, it could exceed the amount spent by both gubernatorial candidates in 2010. at the end, they will decide whether they want casino and table games in maryland. reports of overcrowding at one high school. north point high school in waldorf, maryland, is 300 students over capacity. school officials believe that some of those students live outside the school zone and are sending letters to parents to confirm where they live. parents have until tomorrow to withdraw their children from the school with no questions asked. a father helped a son ask a girl to his high school homecoming. it's a proposal she'll not soon forget, but it also could cost the father his job. u.s. customs and border patrol is investigating claims a helicopter like this one was used to invite a girl to homecoming. his son goes to school at patriot high school in prince william county. they came up with a plan to drop a teddy bear and a card on the
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school grounds last week. peel have mixed feelings on the romantic gesture using federal funds. >> he's got a million dollar helicopter he's flying around and a responsibility. it should be used in the right way. >> who is it really hurting? he's doing something special for his son. >> u.s. customs and border protection released a statement saying it is looking into the matter, and the pilot in command of the aircraft has been relieved and reassigned to administrative duties pending the completion of the review of the incident. as for the homecoming date, no word on whether the young lady said yes or no to the proposal. more bad news for the redskins after sunday's loss. the team will be without two defensive starters for the season. pro bowl linebacker brian orakpo tore his pectoral muscle in his left shoulder. and defensive end adam carriker is out with a torn tendon in his right knee. he will need surgery and five
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months of rehab. orakpo suffered his injury while making his first sack of the season. ouch. not just for the injuries but for the loss to the team too. >> huge loss. and last week's game showed how much we need them. oh, dear. >> fingers crossed we can still make some things happen. >> move forward. 4:51. things going to be happening big time in the weather later today. >> pouring rain already in some spots. meteorologist tom kierein here with a weather alert. tom? definitely pay close attention to the weather as we get in the afternoon hours as we could have severe storms developing. right now no severe weather other that happen wet pavement. that means fender benders. the heaviest rains you see in the yellow, way off to our west in western maryland, allegheny county, garrett county. farther west through east and west west virginia where the heaviest rains are now falling. farther east, we have a few
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sprinkles now in our far northern and western viewing area. northern loudoun county into frederick county, maryland, and the panhandle of west virginia into morgantown, very light rain falling. elsewhere, just low clouds racing through, and we do have a threat of severe weather over a wide zone. this whole area in yellow from new england through the carolinas, we're right in the middle of this. 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. looks like primetime for the chance of damaging winds. some could be gusts of over 60 miles an hour which could bring down tree limbs and cause power outages. stay tuned. right now off to a mild and muggy start. we're right around 70 throughout much of the region where the humidity is very high. for the morning commute, cloudy and rain west of the metro area of the the mountains 60 to near 70 degrees. by noontime, we have a chance of showers moving in, but no severe weather, into the low to mid-70s. but there is that risk of severe storms from around 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. thunderstorms likely by 5:00
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p.m. chance of them producing damaging winds. even an isolated tornado is possible. we'll be dropping from the upper 70s, back down to the mid-70s. evening planner. any storms around will be moving east of the metro area by midevening and ending after midnight. by dawn tomorrow, partly cloudy. the upper 50s. a beautiful pattern for wednesday, thursday, and friday. morning lows cool from the 50s to near 60. over the weekend, front coming in saturday may trigger afternoon thunderstorms. looking nice supd and monday. back in ten minutes with a look at storm team 4 radar. >> some good news if you're traveling i-95 northbound. that accident is clear. it was on shoulder lane. let's continue northbound just past route 17. accident there is still in your shoulder lane, but your travel lanes are open. let's head over to i-95 in maryland, checking things out there. you're clear between baltimore
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and beltsville. very light volume. let's head over to i-270, clear here between frederick and the beltway. no issues to report as you make your way southbound. northbound as well, you're in the clear. i'm back in ten, but this time we're taking a look at your rails. eun, over to you. 4:54. metro riders on the blue and yellow lines could see green today. metro is launching a new campaign called hello yellow. they're handing out free $5 fare cards at the pentagon and l'enfant stations from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. it's an effort to convince blue line riders a transfer to the yellow line can cut travel time. the blue line runs fewer peak hour trains, which leads to crowded trains. metro will pass out free cards tomorrow and thursday as well. d.c. needs nearly $3 million more than expected to upgrade and upkeep parking meters. the "washington examiner" reports the d.c. council will
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take up emergency spending to upgrade the improvements. they include connecting 6,000 spaces to an emergency network so federal transportation officials can know when they're empty. that money will come from $6 million in extra revenue from parking revenues expected next year. 4:55. 70 degrees. not can backing down. coming up, the video of mitt romney that had him doing damage control and what he's saying now. [ male announcer ] we got a real mom
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we are already hearing big shake-ups for "the voice." coaches christina aguilera and green will be replaced. the two promised to return after a one season hiatus. samsung has a new ad out attacking the iphone 5 saying it's not so genius. it compares samsung's galaxy e3 with the new iphone 5's phone.
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shake to update and removable batteries. but iphone devotees say they buy the iphone and ipads for the brand, and they might argue building that kind of loyalty does take genius. federal regulators stepping up their investigation of air bag problems in hyundai elantra's. a side air bag reportedly cut a man's ear in half. the agency has added two more model years to the investigation. it began in may when the agency wanted to take a closer look at 123,000 2012 elantra's. hyundai says the problem appears to be isolated. how much would you be willing to fork over for a nice steak dinner. how about $350? >> one new york city restaurant is betting its patrons will pay up. the old homestead is known for its steaks but now hopes to be